Cherry Rum and Coke Jello Shots

Gelled Cherry Rum and Coke Shots

Gelled Cherry Rum and Coke Shots are not something I thought I would make during my gelatin recipe series. We really aren’t big drinkers, but as I asked friends for gelatin recipes, several mentioned “Jello Shots.” After the fourth person suggested that I make “jello shots,” I decided that while it might be possible to try 30 different gelatin recipes without giving “jello shots” a try, it might not be fair to my readers who might enjoy them.

Gelled Cherry Rum and Coke Shots
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I have seen bottles of cherry rum in the store, and I have seen cherry coke, too. Gelled Cherry Rum and Coke Shots seemed like a logical combination.

What will you need to prepare this recipe?

From the Pantry:

  • Cherry Gelatin Dessert Mix (Regular or Sugar Free)
  • Cola (Regular or Sugar Free)
  • Rum (You might not keep this in your pantry, but since I don’t have a bar, that’s where you will find my bottle of rum.)
Gelled Cherry Rum and Coke Shots

My instructions for making this is different from most recipes because they recommend dissolving the gelatin in a small amount of boiled cola rather than using boiled water. We opted to do things this way in case someone wants to use sugar free cola. (Sugar free cola can become bitter if it’s boiled, depending upon which artificial sweetener is used in its manufacture.)

Gelled Cherry Rum and Coke Shots
A maraschino cherry on top of the shots is a fun garnish.

This was my first time making “jello shots,” and I thought that the Gelled Cherry Rum and Coke Shots were a little strong with Rum, but as I said at the beginning of this post, I’m not a big drinker. Actually, I seldom drink alcoholic beverages. I might not be a good judge of what’s too strong or not. I was happy with my Cherry Cola Gelatin without any rum.

Gelled Cherry Rum and Coke Shots

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Gelled Cherry Rum and Coke Shots

This is a simple combination of cherry gelatin, cola, and rum which is poured into 2 ounce portion cups to set up. The final result is an adult treat. These look great topped with a maraschino cherry at serving time.
Prep Time 10 mins
Chilling time 4 hrs
Total Time 4 hrs 10 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 21 shots


  • 1 8 serving box cherry gelatin dessert mix regular or sugar free ($0.78)
  • ½ cup boiling hot water
  • cups cola regular or diet ($0.79)
  • 1 cup rum ($6.98)
  • maraschino cherries (optional, for garnish)


  • Mix cherry gelatin dessert mix with ½ cup boiling hot water in a 1 quart sized measuring cup or pitcher with a spout.
  • Stir for about 2 minutes until the gelatin is fully dissolved.
  • Add 2 ½ cups cola slowly to the gelatin mixture. Mixture will foam up quite a bit.
  • Stir until well incorporated.
  • Add rum to cola and gelatin mixture.
  • Mix well to fully combine. There will still be foam on top of the mixture.
  • Arrange 2 ounce portion cups in a baking pan.
  • Pour the gelatin mixture into 2 ounce portion cups.
  • Place the lids on the portion cups if desired. (I did this, so I could stack the shots on top of each other in the pan while they chilled in the fridge.)
  • Place in the refrigerator for 4 hours to fully congeal. (I would make these the day before if I wanted them for a party to ensure they were fully set.)
Keyword cherry, coke, rum, gelatin, jello shots

Nutrition information below is for one shot prepared according to the recipe above using regular cherry gelatin dessert mix and regular cola.

Nutrition information below is for one shot prepared according to the recipe above using sugar free cherry gelatin dessert mix and diet cola.

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